The Library at Chipping Norton School plays an important role in supporting all students to become confident independent learners and to develop a love of reading. As part of our continuing commitment to improve book resources we are constantly increasing and upgrading stock. Suggestions for book purchases are always welcomed.

    The Library and Study Tube are open daily from 8.15 am until 4.15pm and students are welcome to read books, borrow resources or do homework during these hours. Students are also able to use the Study Tube computers to take Accelerated Reader quizzes during break, lunch and after school.

    Each student is issued with a school identity card which also serves as their library card.

    • Sixth Form students are allowed to borrow 10 resources at a time for 4 weeks.
    • KS3 and KS4 students are allowed to borrow 5 resources at a time for 2 weeks.

    Students can only borrow resources from the library by using their school identity card.

    Students are able to borrow fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs and Audio books at no charge. No fines are issued for overdue loans; however, students may be asked to pay replacement costs for lost/damaged resources.

    Homework Club

    The library is open after school (Monday–Thursday until 4.15pm, Friday until 3.45pm) for students to come and complete homework. The Librarian is always available to help and is supported by two Learning Support Assistants on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

    Accelerated Reader

    Accelerated Reader is a powerful online tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. The aim of the programme is to motivate students to improve their individual reading abilities via regular reading practice and rewards for reading.

    All Year 7, 8 and 9 students are encouraged to read non-fiction and fiction texts at their individual reading level for at least 20 minutes per day. Students are given time to read during the school day but are also encouraged to read at home.

    After finishing each book students then complete an online quiz to show that they have successful understood the content of the book. The results can be monitored by teaching staff and parents via the HomeConnect module.

    Reading Club

    Students are welcome to come to the weekly Book Club held in the library every Friday Lunchtime. Activities include shadowing the Oxfordshire Book Award and The CILIP Carnegie Book Award, meeting authors, book discussion and reviews, games and competitions. Readers of all ages and abilities are welcome. 

    Oxfordshire Book Awards 2017: The Reading Club enjoyed a trip to the Oxfordshire Book Awards in Oxford this month to hear the winning authors (including David Baddiel and Jo Cotterill) talk about their successful books. The nominated books are chosen and voted for entirely by children in Oxfordshire and Chipping Norton School are very proud to be associated with these important book awards. Year 10 student Tristan Peissel delivered an impressive speech to an audience of over 400 about 'The Wolf Wilder' and after the ceremony all the students were able to meet the authors at the special book signing session.

    Student Helpers

    The library offers opportunities for students to help manage the library during break and lunchtime. Students are trained to issue and return resources, shelve, prepare new books and organise book displays. If you would like to volunteer, please see the librarian.

    Library News

    November 2017: A fantastic afternoon was had by all who attended the annual Oxfordshire Book Awards at The Oxford High School. The audience of over 400 students loved hearing the authors, including David Baddiel, talk about their award-winning books.

    October 2017: Reading Club en joyed a rousing talk by best-selling author Jonathan Stroud at Burford School. Jonathan delighted the audience with readings from his latest book 'The Empty Grave' and described the journey that he has taken to becoming one of this country's most popular authors.

    June 2017: We hosted a fantastic Carnegie Book Award  Day with students from Carterton Community College, Burford School and Henry Box. The students worked in mixed teams to produce the best presentation about why their favourite book should win the award this year. All the presentations were of a very high standard but the librarians judged that the group of students representing 'The Salt in the Sea' by Ruth Sepetys (which incidentally was judged the winner of the official award) should be the winners. Awards were also given for best fancy dress costume (Johanna Harvey), best review (Chloe-Marie Warren) and first student to read all 8 shortlisted books (Sophie Robinson). The day concluded with everyone enjoying a slice (or two) of Carnegie Day cake.

    March 2017: It was great to have a week of book-related activities to celebrate World Book Day this year. Students were challenged to try 'something' new by choosing a mystery book from a lucky dip. Books were exchanged at 'Book Swap', puzzling book quizzes were attempted in English lessons, and a treasure hunt competition took place in the library. Staff stuck posters on their classroom doors telling everyone what books they were enjoying reading. Highlight of the week was 'Stop & Read' on World Book Day when students and staff enjoyed relaxing with a book or magazine of their choice for 15 minutes before morning break.

    February 2017: The Year 8s loved meeting Carnegie award-winning author, Tanya Landman when she came to talk to them about her brilliant historical novels. We would like to thank Chip Lit Fest for organising this event (in particular Milly Weaver, the Schools and Young People Programme Director), Jaffe and Neale for their help with the book-signing, and of course, Tanya for her inspiring talk.



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